As has been notated over the past few blog posts to my elderly care site, an IOL dislocation can occur both before and after cataract surgery. One just has to be aware of the causes and fixes for both.
As discussed in yesterday’s post, the capsular bag can become distended and the dislocation can occur. As was discussed several posts ago, the dislocation can also happen after cataract surgery. If it does, the repositioning of the lens needs to be done soon to ensure that the lens implant does not “scar” into the incorrect position which occurs in approximately three months after the original implantation. If this scarring takes place, it becomes much more difficult to move the lens into the proper position.
The good news is that if your client does happen to experience a dislocated intraocular implant, the chances of it being realigned are very good – especially if their surgeon is preemptive and takes action quickly. The best news though is that Mayo Clinic conducted a study that proved that of the more than 14,000 cataract surgeries that were performed between January 1980 and May 2009, the risk of late IOL dislocation after cataract surgery was very low indeed. In fact, the outcomes were as follows:
- At 10 years after surgery, the cumulative risk was 0.1 percent
- At 20 years, it was 0.7 percent
- And at 25 years, it was 1.7 percent.
By iterating these statistics, you will definitely relieve your clients’ minds if they require cataract surgery and in essence, will once again to showing them that With Age Comes Respect.